MOTHER’S WISDOM put to the test ...
Call it advice, call it nagging... just don’t call her and contradict! Your mother’s advice: was she right or was she wrong? Let’s fact-check a few traditional Mammyisms... Don’t bite your nails. Nothing good can come of it, you’d have to agree, and it’s hardly nutritious. A vast number of bacteria exist happily beneath the nail tips but if that’s not enough to deter ardent biters, gnawing on the tips can cause peeling, splitting and problems with exposed nailbeds. Longterm nail biting can leave the fingertips in a very sad state, and prone to infection. Get regular manicures as a deterrent, or if the problem is more serious, consider hypnotherapy to deal with the habit.
Stop picking your face. Again, a habit that can start innocently and develop into an issue that needs outside intervention on occasion to avert scarring. Usually it’s the young teenager on the cusp of adulthood that suffers from this little obsession. After years of child-perfect smooth skin, puberty can bring about a number of spots, which the sufferer tries to remove by picking, again an infection risk. To disguise the redness caused by picking at the pores, they may pack on oil-rich concealer and foundation, further feeding the spots. Clearly it’s better to treat than pick at the breakout; visit your local pharmacy for advice and tips on products with spot-zapping ingredients such as salicylic acid.
Don’t shave — or the hair will grow back thicker. Come on, if that were true, every fine-haired girl would have the razor out in an effort to grow a fuller mane! The simple truth is that shaved hair grows back as stubble. The hair, having been severed mid-shaft, only seems thicker. Unshaven hair is naturally tapered at its tip so looks and feels soft and thinner. If it’s a bother, wax it or look into laser treatment.
Never pluck a grey hair — 10 will grow in its place. Again, magic hair growth. Follicles can contain a number of hairs. This is what makes hair transplanting such an exciting area of the cosmetic industry: one follicle may yield several hairs to populate bald areas of the scalp. But grey hairs, if plucked individually, do not magically grow again as clusters of grey; another single grey will grow in its place. If you keep plucking, though, you might shut down the follicle, leaving no hair growth at all — hardly advisable. Leave it alone and embrace the grey, or go shopping for some hair dye! firstname.lastname@example.org